Ancelotti will rest ‘weary’ players ahead of the semifinal showdown
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti indicated on Friday that he would rest “tired” players for Saturday’s Liga match against struggling Getafe as his club prepared for a crucial Champions League semi-final match against Manchester City.
After a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu this week, Madrid will travel to England for the second leg on Wednesday.
Ancelotti named Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes, and David Alaba as walking wounded and uncertain for the Getafe clash.
“We still have some doubts with players who picked up knocks Tuesday and have not yet recovered,” said Ancelloti.
“(Ferland) Mendy and (Dany) Ceballos will return they can play tomorrow.
“ I won’t be taking risks as we have fresh players but it will be a very demanding match against an opponent fighting against relegation.”
Ancelotti said that he didn’t know if Vinicius Junior, who scored versus City, would start, but that he would play.
“The players who have doubts are not going to play and those who do not play have time to recuperate,” he said.
The Italian stressed, though, that he will select a “competitive” lineup against Getafe in a game that Madrid must win if they are to catch Barcelona.